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My reconstruction follows R. C. Bell's rules from the sources listed in the Four Field Kono leaflet, Bruno, and they don't mention that capture is compulsory. However, I've just re-checked Loader & Loader book, also given in the sources, and that one does say that you can only move if a capture is not available. I'd have to do a bit more digging to see if compulsory capture is part of the original game, or if it's a modern innovation.

Damian Gareth Walker - 13:35, 19/02/2020 - Traditional Board Games Leaflets

If you enter the words "sixpenny maddell" into the site's search box, Phil, and click on the search result for that game, you'll see a diagram for the board. It looks rather elegant, but I don't fancy making one to photograph!

Damian Gareth Walker - 13:26, 19/02/2020 - Five Men's Morris

The statistics you give, Gregor, are for four dice. In this reconstruction, though, there are three dice or casting sticks, matching the three pyramid dice (per player) found in some of the objects from Ur. For those, the stats I give are correct.

Damian Gareth Walker - 13:23, 19/02/2020 - Royal Game of Ur

Thanks for your enquiry, Peter! The board game shop has been closed for a good long while now, due to personal reasons. However, I'd like to open it up again in the near future. I'd be looking to sell small format games (about 150mm square) looking similar to, but not exactly the same as, the ones in the gallery at the time of writing.

Damian Gareth Walker - 13:18, 19/02/2020 - Cyningstan Games Gallery

The fox can only take a goose if it has an empty space beyond, so it can't jump over an entire row at once.

Damian Gareth Walker - 13:16, 19/02/2020 - Fox & Geese

Thanks for your enquiry, Al. I'm not sure if there are any strategy books on the game, as the rules are conjectural. And so far, they're not very well tested. If ever I find a better rule set than the one above, one that doesn't involve made up moves or pieces, I'll revise this page.

Damian Gareth Walker - 13:13, 19/02/2020 - Petteia

The shop has been on an extended break for personal reasons, pip. I'd like to get some new products up there in the near future though.

Damian Gareth Walker - 13:09, 19/02/2020 - Traditional Board Game Shop

are you still trading all your items are out of stock

pip - 14:53, 16/02/2020 - Traditional Board Game Shop

Where can one find strategy books on this game? Thank you.

Al Blakely - 17:53, 10/02/2020 - Petteia

Thank you for this wonderful resource! You made my lessons for the end of the month as we wrap up our International Festival

Deb Jung - 21:33, 04/02/2020 - Print-and-play Downloads

can you take somebody else's piece if you have three in a row?

none - 18:42, 04/02/2020 - Fox & Geese

I like several of the game you show on your website. However many of them are not for sale right now in the shop. Can you inform me how and when I can buy them? I live in the Netherlands so they have to be shipped abroad. Is that possible? There will be no financial risk on your part as I pay everything I buy in advance.

Looking forward to your reply.


Peter Kempen - 08:29, 03/02/2020 - Cyningstan Games Gallery